The World Snooker Championship will still happen, virtually, in Snooker 19

The current Coronavirus pandemic has put paid to a whole host of sporting events, including the Betfred World Snooker Championship, but many are turning to the world of esports for a solution. As such, Ripstone Games, alongside LAB 42 and the official snooker governing body the WST, have announced the forthcoming Virtual Betfred World Snooker Championship, set to take place between April 18th and May 4th in the Snooker 19 virtual Crucible Theatre.

All of the matches will be broadcast on the WST’s YouTube and Facebook channels, and tournament participants will be seeded according to the current world rankings, with the draw as follows:

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Judd Trump (1) v Yan Bingtao (16)
Kyren Wilson (8) v Shaun Murphy (9)
Mark Allen (5) v Jack Lisowski (12)
John Higgins (4) v Stuart Bingham (13)
Mark Williams (3) v Stephen Maguire (14)
Ronnie O’Sullivan (6) v David Gilbert (11)
Mark Selby (7) v Ding Junhui (10)
Neil Robertson (2) v Barry Hawkins (15)

Sadly the real players won’t be taking control of their virtual selves, which might be for the best as I expect some of them may not play Snooker 19, though Ronnie O’ Sullivan should be pretty handy as he had his own range of games back in the day. Instead, some of the top Snooker 19 players will take control of each of the real-life stars in a bid to be crowned the Virtual Betfred World Snooker Champion, with the winner set to head to the real life World Snooker Championship to pick up a very shiny, and very real, Virtual Betfred World Championship Snooker trophy. The schedule, and the line up of players, will be announced shortly.

Hollie Pattison from Ripstone, the publisher of Snooker 19, stated “We are really looking forward to hosting the Virtual Betfred World Championship in Snooker 19 and we hope to bring some joy to everybody watching from home at this difficult time. This is a world first and we expect the standard of play from the 16 participants to be incredibly impressive, so we should have some great matches to look forward to.”

For snooker fans around the world, this might be the closest you get to watching a match for some time, so make sure you add the 18th of April to your calendar!

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